Miracles Do Happen: 3 Certain Death Situations That People Have SurvivedBy Damien on November 04, 2013 - 2:40 am |
It’s a movie cliché by this point: the hero and his friends are facing certain doom; they turn to each other and accept their fate, before they miraculously find a way to overturn their insurmountable odds. But we all know that stuff like that doesn’t happen in real life, right? Well…
The vicious, ripping winds of a tornado can uproot trees, destroy homes and sweep cars around as if they were made of paper, so how would a soft, fleshy human stand any chance if caught in its devastating funnel?
Matt Suter of Fordland, Missouri, took a 1300 foot ride in a tornado. The 19 year old was knocked unconscious as his head hit a lamp in his trailer; the next Matt knew, he was in a field nearly 400 meters from where he started. Aside from a cut to his head, Matt was unharmed by his wild ride.
A month and a half adrift in the Pacific Ocean
Former Olympian Louis Zamperini enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces in September 1941. He was deployed to the Pacific theater as a bombardier. In 1942, his plane was damaged. They were given another B-24, a defective "lemon plane'. While on the search, mechanical difficulties caused the plane to crash into the ocean 850 miles west of Oahu, killing eight of the eleven men aboard.
The three survivors were stuck on a raft in the middle of the biggest ocean on earth. They caught fish and even albatrosses to eat, and survived by drinking rain water.
After 33 days, one of the crew died, leaving just two men, Zamperini and Russel Allen Phillips.
On their 47th day adrift, the two men finally reached land- Japanese occupied land. They both spent the rest of the war in Japanese POW camps, which they also survived, eventually coming home to heroes’ welcomes.
Standing directly under a nuclear explosion
It doesn’t seem possible, but it happened.
On July 19, 1957, five Air Force officers and one photographer stood together on a patch of ground about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas. An F-89 jet shot off a nuclear missile carrying an atomic warhead. 18,500 feet above them, the missile detonated. These men intentionally stood directly underneath an exploding 2-kiloton nuclear bomb.
Though many, and perhaps all, of the 5 men who stood under that explosion are now dead (mostly due to cancer), every one of them lived well into old age.
They may have been the only people in history to ever willingly stand under mankind’s most destructive weapon as it exploded, and live to tell the tale.